Best Quotes from Bob Seger

Be original. That’s my best advice. You’re going to find that there’s something that you do well, and try to do it with as much originality as you can, and don’t skimp on the words. Work on the words.

Bob Seger

When you have kids, you start thinking about their future and you forget about yours.

Bob Seger

Every now and then you’ll nail one that’s really, really special. And that’s what you live for.

Bob Seger

I never say never, because I don’t want to be one of those guys.

Bob Seger

Elvis came along when I was 10. My father gave me a bass ukulele. I taught myself how to play from a book to play some chords, so I was laying down ‘Hound Dog’ and things like that when I was 10 years old in 1955. That’s the way I was. My ear was glued to the radio. I knew right then what I wanted to do.

Bob Seger

That’s a good way to live, go against the wind.

Bob Seger

I’m just trying to keep things simple, and just be a little more offhand and not get so deep into things. Enjoy what you got right now, because who knows what’s going to happen tomorrow.

Bob Seger

You can’t get a good crew and a good sound system, and a good light system if you do a small tour. If you want the best, those guys want a commitment of about 4 to 6 months. And I’d want the best people and the best stuff.

Bob Seger

It took me a long time to learn how to write a good song.

Bob Seger

Radio is so fragmented, it’s unbelievable.

Bob Seger

I am trying to write stuff that is different. I am a big science fan. I read a lot of science, and ‘Wonderland’ has a lot of science in it. I don’t know. They are hard to describe… We are living in a wonderland age of science.

Bob Seger

I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.

Bob Seger

If I want to work, I can. If I want to play golf, or ride my motorcycle, I can. But the rest of it is family. Sometimes you’re not really needed by your family, but you’re there. And my kids like to know I’m there.

Bob Seger

My band is so dedicated, everybody works very hard. The No. 1 priority is the show, and it’s pretty cool because we all pull together, and it’s fun. It’s like being on a sports team or something.

Bob Seger

Yeah, I’m just blessed to have this very strong thing, my vocals. I’m very healthy in that regard.

Bob Seger

I sailboat raced, I love to go out on my motorcycle alone, but I also love my family dearly. I love that aspect of my life as well.

Bob Seger

Great sex is wonderful while it’s happening, but who remembers great sex they had in 1983?

Bob Seger

I had the opportunity to be around my kids a lot. I guess I could have kept working, but I had them when I was 47. You only get to see all this stuff once. I just chose to work at home and watch them.

Bob Seger

I just fell into the Dylanesque idea of recording. He is real fast.

Bob Seger

I really like the thing I did with Martina McBride. I had that song sitting around for a long time.

Bob Seger

I write a lot of songs people don’t hear. I really just enjoy the process. I finish ’em all. I don’t think there’s a whole lot of difference between the bad ones and the good ones.

Bob Seger

I write probably 80 percent of my stuff over the winter.

Bob Seger

I’m really glad I didn’t have kids earlier, because I probably would have ignored them. I was so into my career. I could just go and play a ton of shows, night after night after night. I can’t do that anymore.

Bob Seger

My management tells me, Don’t be optimistic, because it’s the young people’s world now. They want to hear what they want to hear, and you’re a classic rocker. I don’t know if you’re gonna get the play.

Bob Seger

The two hours onstage is great. But I can only play a show and then take a night off. I have to sing for two hours, and then I’ve gotta rest it for a night. So it’s the other 46 hours that are just boring as heck.

Bob Seger

We’ve got to practice three weeks, get the kinks out, then we’ve got to practice three weeks with the crew, and then go out for four months. It’s just a huge chunk of time out of life.

Bob Seger

You go to LA, or you go to New York, and it’s really fun to go there. But they’re not grounded. Everybody is just competing all the time for the limelight. It’s too much entertainment industry. There are too many choices. And it’s distracting to me.

Bob Seger

You’re not going to hear me do a rap song, you’re not going to hear me do a jazz song. We have to be true to our roots, do what we do, and try to do it a little better each time.

Bob Seger

I love working with different musicians in the studio, that’s a real joy working with someone for the first time.

Bob Seger

Even in junior high, I always knew I had a talent for music and I knew I could make money that way.

Bob Seger

I’m trying to be a good parent and set a good example. When I’m on the road, they don’t see a lot of me. I see them every other day. It’s pretty all-encompassing when I’m on the road.

Bob Seger

I drive a Mustang. A 2005 five-speed GT convertible.

Bob Seger

Unlike a lot of people, I don’t need the affirmation or anything.

Bob Seger

When I try to write I try to write something different every time. That’s the challenge.

Bob Seger

I was a runner, a failed quarterback, third-string quarterback, but in track I was a 2-miler.

Bob Seger

I just start playing music and eventually I sing something, a line of a verse or a B section or a line of a chorus, and the line that I end up singing is related to the music I’m playing, if that makes any sense. And I go from there.

Bob Seger

Most of the time, I’m here in Michigan and I’m taking out the garbage every Monday.

Bob Seger

I always loved music. You know, my parents said I started singing when I was 4, in the car.

Bob Seger

You don’t know what inspires you. You like to think you know what inspires you, but in the final analysis I don’t think you really do. It’s great to look at a blank sheet of paper, you know, and walk up to an instrument and not know what’s gonna happen. It’s the most challenging thing I do.

Bob Seger

I’d rather make music than tour.

Bob Seger

The studio is really fun because I don’t make it into the studio unless I’ve got something I really like. I love working with different musicians in the studio; that’s a real joy, working with someone for the first time.

Bob Seger

I do try to go home as much as possible after each show. I’ve got my own plane. I’m very fortunate.

Bob Seger

I’m not a tour rat. I’m not crazy about it.

Bob Seger

We’ve been really lucky. We’ve gotten a lot of airplay over the years. I guess people keep requesting our songs on the radio, because Lord knows I don’t do a whole lot to promote myself.

Bob Seger

For a long time, I thought when you do a box set, you’re giving up; you’re saying, ‘OK, I don’t have anything left.’ But now I’ve listened to some of the old stuff I haven’t heard in 20 to 40 years with fresh ears. It’s like, ‘Oh yeah, I can see where people might want to to hear some of this stuff that didn’t make it onto the records.’

Bob Seger

I once won a Grammy for an Australian version of ‘Turn the Page’ that another artist did; I can’t remember his name. There’ve been covers down through the years around the world, but I did like Metallica’s, because I kind of related to Metallica when they first came out, because Jimmy Hetfield really reminded me of me in 1965, you know?

Bob Seger

My father left us when I was 10, so I had to make enough money for us to be able to live in a house because my brother went in the service during Vietnam and I was sole support of my mother. And she had no skills, really, except to clean other people’s houses. So I had to have a bunch of jobs, you know, as well as music.

Bob Seger

I grew up with another pretty darn good writer: Glenn Frey of the Eagles. We were very good friends, and we kind of studied it together.

Bob Seger

I did this thing with Trisha Yearwood, a song called ‘The Price.’ I had been sitting on it for a while, because I figured, you know, this really needs a good singer.

Bob Seger

I still connect with original emotions. ‘Night Moves’ was written about 1961 or 1962 when I was in high school, and it was about what my friends and I did in that period.

Bob Seger

The most famous rumor for me is that I had throat cancer. I never had throat cancer… I don’t know why that started… The way I sing, probably.

Bob Seger

I really enjoy being with the people I play with. I enjoy their company. I love the crew, the band – we just move through the country like an army. I always feel very grateful to be up there. There aren’t any bad nights anymore unless I’m singing bad, but then the band will carry me. And if they’re playing bad, I will carry them..

Bob Seger